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Blazers use amnesty clause on Brandon Roy

Credit: AP

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, left, passes over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Thabo Sefolosha, of Switzerland, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Portland won the game 83-74. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

by KGW Staff

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Posted on December 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

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PORTLAND -- The Trail Blazers announced Thursday they will use their amnesty clause on Brandon Roy, following news of his retirement.

The amnesty provision allows a team to waive a player and not have his salary count against the salary cap or luxury tax. The player will still receive his salary for the season. Teams can use it once in the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.

 Roy announced his medical retirement last Friday.

"I love the game, I love the Portland Trail Blazers and I love our fans, but after consulting with my doctors, I will seek a determination that I've suffered a career ending injury, pursuant to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement," he said.

Five-year veteran Roy helped the team shed its "Jail Blazers" reputation. He has been plagued by knee injuries and surgeries and has said he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.

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"I want to personally thank Brandon for all he's done as a Trail Blazer, on and off the court," said team owner Paul Allen. "He is a true All-Star and we all rooted for him as he gave us so many amazing moments during his five years as a Blazer."

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